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Our NYC dream homes

New York real estate is not for the faint of heart. Or for anyone without a trust fund, winning lotto ticket or willingness to share 500 square feet with a few strangers (at least when you're starting out).

But we can still dream. Some of the most unique homes in the world are right here in our city.

Whether you prefer historic mansions, storybook houses or towers packed with amenities, there's a little something for everyone on our list of dream homes. And tell us about yours in the comments!

A clock tower penthouse in DUMBO

The penthouse in DUMBO's historic 1 Main Street
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The penthouse in DUMBO's historic 1 Main Street clock tower may be worth the $18 million listing price just for the 360-degree views through the four clock faces. Plus, the triplex's 6,800 square feet, private glass elevator and walk-in closets aren't too shabby. Did someone say "sky roof cabana?" Yep, we're never leaving.

One downside: Anne Hathaway just sold off her apartment in the building, so another missed celeb BFF opportunity.

A mansion townhouse in Brooklyn Heights

When it comes to coveted locations, there aren't
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When it comes to coveted locations, there aren't many that top the brownstone townhouse on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

192 Columbia Heights is in the best location and also just happens to be that an oh-so-rare 25-foot wide property. It's dripping with period detail, from moldings to original door frames and balusters. The townhouse is 5 stories, 7 bedrooms and 3 baths. There's a wine cellar and views beyond compare. If you love to entertain, the back patio overlooking the harbor and lower Manhattan can't be beat.

It's on the market for $16 million.

A historic castle in Harlem

This Romanesque Revival home, at St. Nicholas Place
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This Romanesque Revival home, at St. Nicholas Place and 150th Street, was built in the 1880s for James Bailey (of circus fame). It hit the market in 2008 for $10 million but sold for $1.4 million the following year. Not bad for more than 8,000 square feet of history and nine bedrooms, right?

Recently, the beautiful slate roof was restored. The new owners are making repairs, but we hope they keep those 19th-century bathtubs.

Only downside: The house was once used as a funeral home. SPOOKY.

A piece of the old Bowery

The limestone building at 190 Bowery began as
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The limestone building at 190 Bowery began as a bank in 1898, but the 37,000 square feet has been owned by photographer Jay Maisel since 1966.

Some of the 72-room building is used as gallery space. Maisel and his family live on the sixth floor, according to a 2008 New York Magazine article.

It looks like the spot has recently been sold to a realty group and may -- wait for it -- become condos.

If you fell into a small fortune and could snap it up, what would you do?

A gingerbread house in Bay Ridge

OK, it's not made of gingerbread. But everything
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OK, it's not made of gingerbread. But everything else about this home at 8200 Narrows Avenue is straight from a storybook.

The Arts and Crafts house was built in 1917. Aside from its fairytale charm, it boasts wrap-around patios, stained glass windows, mahogany floors, hand-painted ceiling panels, a wine cellar and three fireplaces.

It's on the market for $10.5 million.

“It sounds crazy to attribute a house to good luck, but from the day we bought this house, there was life magic,” said Jerry Fishman, who bought the house in the '80s, to the Daily News.

What more could you ask for?!

A country home in the Bronx

How do you feel about 5 bedrooms and
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How do you feel about 5 bedrooms and a half-acre yard... and only a 30 minute commute to Grand Central Terminal?

If we could just come up with a cool $2.5 million, 5275 Sycamore Avenue would be ours. It's a very short walk to the Riverdale Metro-North station and just north of the gorgeous Riverdale Park. And it has 6.5 bathrooms, according to its listing on Trulia. I repeat, 6.5 bathrooms.

And remember fresh air? Yeah, the western Bronx has a lot of it.

Some New Yorkers don't want to leave behind the convenience, culture and crowds. But if you're ready for the suburban life without losing the NYC zip code or proximity, add this to your list of dream homes.

A hilltop mansion in Queens

Located atop a hill between LaGuardia Airport and
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Located atop a hill between LaGuardia Airport and Rikers Island at 18-33 40th St. in Astoria, the Steinway Mansion has 27 rooms, including libraries, a pub (a pub!), a hot tub and a tower. A mansion of this size doesn't exist in too many other places in New York.

In addition its size, the Steinway Mansion is in the outermost parts of Astoria, so it's walking distance from the best Astoria has to offer: restaurants, nightlife, Astoria Park and all the loukoumades you can eat.

The Steinway Mansion dates back to before the Civil War. Built by optician Benjamin Pike, Jr. developed the 27-room Italian villa-style granite mansion on 440 acres. In 1870, the Pike family sold the house to the Steinway family (of piano fame), who were looking for a summer home. It changed hands again in the 1920s, when Jack Halberian bought it and his son, Michael, lived there until his death in December 2008. The landmarked home went on the market after Michael's death. It eventually sold for $2.6 million in May 2014, so we just missed out on a chance to own a grand piece of NYC history... but we can still dream about those Italian marble fireplaces. And the pub. Don't forget the pub.

A diamond in the Meatpacking District sky

It's not exactly a diamond in the rough
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It's not exactly a diamond in the rough (it's surrounded by designer boutiques and the city's trendiest nightclubs and eateries), but this steel and glass penthouse, strategically constructed to attract sunlight, shines above a sea of brick and cobblestone at 874 Washington Street.

Unfortunately for us, it's already occupied-- by none other than fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, and sits atop her Meatpacking District flagship store, making it easy for the icon to mix work with play.

Von Furstenberg refers to the space as her tree house, though this is nothing like that rickety old thing in your yard growing up. From its whimsical-chic decor (think canopy bed, lip-shaped couch, mixed prints galore and a wooden bathtub) and rooftop garden to its sweeping views of the High Line and Hudson River and its 80-foot staircase dripping in 3,000 Swarovski cystals, this pad defines living in style.

Exclusive all-inclusive towers in Midtown

Forget the one percent. With apartments listed as
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Forget the one percent. With apartments listed as high as $68 million, a pad in the ritzy Time Warner Center is a fantasy for all but the .001 percent. Not only do homes here offer prime views of Central Park, there's also a mall with high-end shopping and even a Whole Foods. It's also home to probably one of the most expensive restaurants in the city -- Masa -- as well as the world-renowned performance space Jazz at Lincoln Center. The only drawback? It's in Midtown Manhattan. But here's the rub: There's probably no reason to leave the building anyway.


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